Saturday, April 30, 2005

You failed your Will save. You feel compelled to read this.

Power Rangers SPD - Episode 13: "Abandoned"
A lot of this episode followed the Dekaranger episode shot-for-shot. The acting wasn't as good as the last episode, though DC is still pretty cool. Baskins was a fun character and I wouldn't be dissapointed if he showed up again. Not a bad filler episode.
Rating: B
Digging the new opening. Looks like Shadow gets the ATV. Next week looks to be pretty good. DekaBaseRobo makes its appearance.

W.I.T.C.H. - Episode 14: "Parent's Night"
And here's the payoff. Excellent episode this morning with plenty of action and drama to go around. Elyon learns of her heritage and is caught between Cedric and the Witches. Very suspenseful to see which path she chooses. She finally meets up with Phobos who puts on the nice, wonderful brother act. Elyon unwittingly leads the Witches and Caleb into a fight with a spider for some reason. Oh yeah, Caleb vs. Cedric was a bad-ass scene. And when I say bad-ass, I mean awesome.
Rating: A-
Next week seems to be an aftermath kind of thing.

Gundam SEED Destiny - Episode 27: "The Unreaching Feelings"
Found this rather boring. We learn that Djibril and Neo are in cahoots, and they've got the Destroy Gundam coming in from Russia, which Dulindal seems to have a hand in. Interesting. No change in Stellar's condition, though Auel seems to be aware that something is missing in their group. Orb and the EA launch another attack on the Minerva and the Archangel is on it's way to join the battle.
Rating: B-

In other news, today's D+D session was eventful. Our resident dwarf fell in battle, and the rest of the party continues in their search for the spy in the King's town. We find him quickly enough, and he takes the form of a demon. Yah. After a great struggle and a couple well-placed spells, we manage to defeat him. I gain a level. Yay.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

In your face.

So I'm apparently better at Advanced Algebra than 75% of my class, most of which are a year older than me. Yay I guess. Like you imaginary readers care.


Sunday, April 24, 2005

Get the hell out of my house

Fullmetal Alchemist - Episode 24: "Bonding Memories"
Another emotional episode. The Ishbal colony is attacked and they have to find a new hiding spot. Again. Al stumbles upon them and has and interesting conversation with Scar who also makes a return. Al and Scar make a good team. Cool scene when they storm the hideout. The lightning alchemist had a nifty attack and I thought Rick was going to die. Nope, turns out the locket was right where the dagger was. Should've seen that one coming. Ed's question was sort of a cop-out. It wasn't the huge revelation that I thought it was going to be.
Rating: B

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex - Episode 24 "Annihilation"
Pretty cool episode. A Tachikoma shows up. Yay. Lots of great action and I swear to God, if Aramaki dared to betray Section 9, he loses his Cool-Character status. You heard me. It's nice to see Togusa back on his feet. The scenes with the robots and soldiers were very well-animated. I didn't expect to see them followed, even though the first one they catch is some boring member whose name I don't even know. It'll be very interesting to see what goes on in Episodes 25 and 26.
Rating: A

SPD, Emergency! Shadow Ranger!

Power Rangers SPD - Episode 12: "Shadow Pt. 2"
Awesome. Perhaps the best episode so far. I loved how VR spliced in Senati footage with some new action during the countdown. I barely noticed the transition. Good morphing sequence for Shadow as well. It sounds like Gruumm's actually going to get serious as well. Huge plot twist at the end. Benga didn't kill Cruger's wife? Didn't see that one coming. Great acting all around from the actors, especially Cruger's. Piggy continues to be funny. Great episode.
Rating: A

W.I.T.C.H. - Episode 13: "Stop the Presses"
The show continues to not dissapoint. Several funny moments, especially with poor Irma. That Martin, a funny character. The scenes in the newspaper room were also amusing, with Taranee the only one who actually wanted to write. Animation continues to be nice and overral it's an entertaining show so far. Blunk's getting on my nerves though.
Rating: B+

Saturday, April 23, 2005

LOL i am usign teh intrante!!!!1!one!!!11eleven

Gundam SEED Destiny - Episode 26: "Promise"
Episode 26 had some great moments. Andy as Lacus's agent was hilarious as was Meer's reaction to it. I so wanted to have a face-to-face meeting between the "Lacuses". Talia actually does something this time around. Stellar seems to have dug out the memories of Shinn somehow. I'm really getting a Four Muramase vibe from her and there's a lot in common between this and the respective Zeta episode.
Rating: B
The new endings probably my least favorite of Destiny so far, though that's not saying much as "Reason" and "Life Goes On" were both awesome. It's a catchy country tune.

Tsubasa Chronicle - Episode 1: "Inevitable Meeting"
Decided to check this out, due to my weak spot for CCS. I always liked the animation in .hack//SIGN and the studio has the same good work here. Yuki Kajiura is also here with that special brand of music. Great to see CLAMP characters back in action, and it seems like most of them have even retained their personalities. Sakura's new voice takes a bit to get used to, but it works out. Well done action and the new characters and the ones from CLAMP shows I haven't seen yet all look like interesting characters, and I'm looking forward to getting acquainted.
Rating: B
I'll probably continue for a bit to see how the early story turns out.

Caught SPD and W.I.T.C.H. this morning and those will get reviews whenever the hell I feel like it.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Where SEED ends, my Web Journal shall begin.

Reviews for the weekend ending 4/17/05.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - Episode 50: "To A Future that Never Ends"
Eh... Episode 49 was better.
The episode was still excellent though. Most of the voice actors did their best work in these last couple of episodes. Freedom vs. Providence was pretty cool, but it wasn't as suspenseful because Kira has the Freedom, and the Freedom never loses. EVER. Athrun and Cagalli have somewhat of a closure, as she manages to save Athrun from killing himself. Justice goes boom and destroys GENESIS. Flay dies in Lalah fashion and comes to Kira in a dream (without a digital bakini, no less). Patrick is killed by a soldier who knows what's right and Lacus sits on the bridge and yells at people and worries. Everything up until the final couple of minutes was great, but then it fell flat. Kira, Cagalli and Athrun only barely have closure, and none of the other characters have conclusions. Of course, they come back in Destiny two years later. ZAFT enters into a cease-fire with the EA, but we see how long that one lasts.
Rating: A-
Bring on Destiny, Bandai!

Power Rangers SPD - Episode 11: "Shadow Pt. 1"
Shadow Part 1 was pretty good. Flsshbacks showing that Cruger can fight were nice. Some good acting work out of John Tui and Kat's actress. Jack takes on an Orangehead and the others go take on the monster from Deka episode 1 for some reason. Piggy as a millionaire was pretty funny. Broodwing does stuff and flashbacks show that Gruumm can be bad-arse when he wants to be.
Rating: A-
Can't wait for next week. The promo looks awesome.

W.I.T.C.H. - Episode 12: "The Princess Revealed"
After hearing the hype about the series, I figured I'd check out an entire episode instead of just catching it where I could.
I liked it. It has a catchy opening theme, with some good animation. I managed to read up on what's been going on, so I was able to understand the plot. It's got the standards of magical girl series and pre-teen situations, such as the crushes and schoolwork. The search for Elyon seems like an interesting plot point and I'm interested to see why exactly Phobos is so intent on getting her. Well-done action scenes with more nice animation. Dig the character designs, and voice acting.
Rating: B+
This is one I'll be watching.

Fullmetal Alchemist - Episode 23: "Heart of Steel"
A nice break from the craziness that's been going on in the series so far. Hughes was hilarious, Winry made an appreciated return, and everything seems to be settling back down. Or is it? Al's voice actor pulls off a great performance and it made me believe that Al's thinking something as ridiculous as what the Chopper suggested to him. Now I'm just intrigued to know what it really is that Ed needs to tell Al. And just what is the full story around the laboratory? Who were those guys breaking out at the end of episode 22? And what of Scar and the Sins?
Rating: B+
Those who would spoil the rest of the series suffer punishment of death.

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex - Episode 23: "Equinox"
A big episode for information on the whole Laughing Man incident. What's especially good here is that they cram a lot of information and talking into a single episode, yet make it still interesting. The series really does need repeated viewings to understand what was going on. I liked how they even worked the Interceptors from a couple episodes back into the story. Huge plot twist at the end. That wasn't the Laughing Man, it was Matoko! Didn't see that one coming.
Rating: A-
Where are those Tachikomas anyway? It's like they just forgot about that plotline.

Obligatory Introductory Post

I apparently have a location where I can rant about stuff, vent and try stuff. I can also store my review junk here.

Shudder in fear.